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Psychology in Action

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characteristic that might help a Type-A behave more like a Type-B. For example, Type-A's might try to slow down their speech and soften their voice, they might wait in the longest line at the bookstore, or they might drive a longer way home from school. Instructor’s Resource Guide                 Chapter 3 Page  100            
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H andout 3.4 – Active Learning Increase Your Self Awareness: Are You a Type A? Circle the number on the scale below that best characterizes your behavior for each trait. 1. Casual about appointments 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Never late 2. Not competitive 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Very competitive 3. Never feel rushed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Always rushed 4. Take things one at a time 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Try to do many things at once 5. Slow doing things 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Fast (eating, walking, etc.) 6. Express feelings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Sit" on feelings 7. Many interests 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Few interests outside work Source: Adapted from R.W. Bortner, (1969, June). Short Rating Scale as a Potential Measure of Pattern A Behavior, Journal of Chronic Diseases, pp. 87-91. Used with permission. Scoring Key: Total your score on the seven questions. Now multiply it by 3. A total of 120 or more indicates you're a hard- core Type A. Scores below 90 indicate you're a hard-core Type B. The following gives you more specifics: Points Personality Type 120 or more A+ 106-119 A 100-105 A- 90-99 B+ Less than 90 B Instructor’s Resource Guide                 Chapter 3 Page  101            
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Active Learning Activity 3.5 - Coping with Stress After discussing emotion-focused and problem-focused forms of coping, pages 106-117 of the text, describe a few stress-producing situations and have the class suggest both an emotion-focused and a problem-focused coping strategy. Then ask for a show of hands on which type of coping strategy--emotion-focused, problem- focused, or a combination of the two--would be best for each situation. Use the following examples or your own class generated: 1. You are terrible at making introductions, you walk into your first day of fraternity rush and are asked to go around the room and introduce everyone. 2. It is the first day of classes and you are an entering freshman. About five minutes into your first class you realize you are in classroom 242 not room 424. This is a physics class not a psychology class. 3. Your department chairman has just told you that in three hours you are to make your first major presentation to the faculty to ask for continued funding for your department. 4. Your significant other has just told you that he/she is in love with someone else, is moving out tonight and is getting married next August, but wants to still be friends. 5. Your car has stalled on a deserted country road; before you can get out of your car to check under the hood, two large dogs run up to your door and start barking and growling at you.
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